Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23
“I shall sing forever the Lord’s mercy” (Psalms 89).
Divine Mercy Sunday is a very special Sunday when the divine gates of Heaven are opened wide, and Jesus offers the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment to any soul who goes to Confession and receives Him in Holy Communion on that day.
Between 1930 and 1938 Christ appeared to Sister Faustina, a Sister of Mercy in Poland who initiated the Divine Mercy devotion. She was canonized on April 30, 2000, the Sunday after Easter, the Feast of Divine Mercy.
On Good Friday 1937, Jesus requested that Faustina:
~ make a special NOVENA before the Feast of Mercy, from Good Friday through the following Saturday,
~ have a picture painted according to the vision of Himself as the fountain of mercy, and
~ recite this CHAPLET at three o’clock each afternoon (the Hour of Great Mercy).
An except from Faustina’s diary:
“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity…”